Data published by tourism promoter VisitBritain revealed that the receipts represent 25% of all spending on the UK high street and department stores.

Majority of the spending, according to the agency was made at clothing outlets – an impressive £2.3bn spent by fashion-conscious international spenders.

Souvenirs, gifts and household goods also figured high on the list of items purchased, grossing £1.6bn.

VisitBritain CEO Sandie Dawe remarked that the shopping in Britain is perceived around the world as positive and welcoming.

"It’s not just purchasing designer goods at Harrods, or rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous on Chelsea’s King’s Road that lures visitors to the UK – a huge number also make the trip to seek out bargains, whether it’s finding the best deals on designer goods at Bicester Village and the McArthurGlen Retail Outlets, or hitting the high street in Edinburgh or Manchester.

"Our shopping experience is world class, with high quality, desirable British brands enticing international visitors at all times of the year and providing real value for money against our competitors," explained Dawe.

According to the data, UK stood well above other prime fashion destinations of France and Italy in terms of value spent by visitors.

Tourists from the Gulf States were noted to be the highest spenders an average visitor spending £442 in shopping while those from Nigeria and China spent £432 and £405 respectively.

Deeper analysis revealed that tourists who specifically came to Britain for shopping spent a £680 per trip while non-shoppers parted with £580 per visit.